Technology is such an integral part of everyone’s life nowadays that many people believe it’s the CEOs of companies like Apple, Google or Facebook who run the world as opposed to major political leaders. According to Time magazine however, there’s plenty of room on a roster of the 100 most influential individuals around the globe for nation presidents, businessmen, actors, musicians, athletes, doctors, scientists, and even fashion icons.
As always, the Time 100 list is as diverse as it is bizarre and controversial this year, including names like Caitlyn Jenner, Pope Francis, Angela Merkel, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Kim Jong Un, Ronda Rousey, Karlie Kloss, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, and yes, Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie.
The 100 pioneers, titans, artists, leaders, and icons are grouped in those five overlapping categories, and Tim Cook, for instance, shares the dubious “titan” spotlight with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, among others.
This is the third Time 100 appearance for Apple’s current Chief Exec, after 2012 and 2015 nods, but Cook still has a long way to go before matching his predecessor’s record five selections. Then again, no prominent living and active tech entrepreneur can hope to challenge Steve Jobs very soon, as Bill Gates is practically retired, Jeff Bezos has just been snubbed for the second year in a row, and Mark Zuckerberg splits his 2016 nomination with wife Priscilla Chan, the two having recently founded the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Google head honcho Sundar Pichai also makes the titan shortlist, whereas Oculus founder Palmer Luckey earns “pioneer” honors, alongside PewDiePie, Aziz Ansari or TV star Gina Rodriguez. Other big tech omissions, aside from Amazon’s commander in chief? Elon Musk immediately comes to mind, as well as Satya Nadella, Jack Ma or Jack Dorsey.